Journal of Comparative Family Studies

A journal emphasizing research concerning cross-cultural families for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, Winter

Comment of Coding Marital Status in Latin America
INTRODUCTION Marital-specific information is often valuable in cross-societal investigation. In demography for instance, a common value often considered superior to the age-specific fertility rate is the age-marital-specific fertility rate based on the...
Computers and the Family Life: A Family Development Perspective
There remains little doubt that computer technology will increasingly pervade the lives of individuals, institutions and societies in the future. The last ten years has witnessed a dramatic and unprecedented proliferation of computer-based technology,...
Consensual Unions in Two Costa Rican Communities: An Analysis Using Focus Group Methodology
INTRODUCTION Given Latin America's culturally distinctive pattern of union formation, characterized by a high incidence of consensual unions, it is surprising that for this region there is only a small body of knowledge concerning the meaning of these...
Gender and Families
COLTRANE, Scott, GENDER AND FAMILIES. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, 1998, 220 pp., $19.95 softcover. Gender and Families belongs to a book series called The Gender Lens. The volume is designed to encourage the development of sociological understanding...
Household Structure, Satisfaction and Distress in India and the United States: A Comparative Cultural Examination
INTRODUCTION Although psychological distress has been studied to a great extent in western and industrialized nations, few studies of the processes influencing distress have been conducted on more traditional and lesser developed societies. Factors that...
Hunger and Shame: Child Malnutrition and Poverty on Mount Kilimanjaro
HOWARD, Mary and Ann V. MILLARD, HUNGER AND SHAME: Child Malnutrition and Poverty on Mount Kilimanjaro. New York, NY: Routledge, 1997, 271pp., $27.99 softcover, $98.00 hardcover. LOREEN WOLFER* Hunger and Shame is a very moving description of poverty...
Interracial Marriage in Hawaii, 1983-1994
FU, Xuanning and Tim B. HEATON, INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE IN HAWAII, 19831994. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellon Press, 1997, 207 pp., $89.95 hardcover. This book is another significant contribution to the on-going study of interracial marriage in Hawaii. The...
Men, Marriage, and Ideal Family Size in Francophone Africa
INTRODUCTION Although women and men are partners in the reproductive process, fertility and family planning research energies have predominately been focused on women over the last few decades (Isiugo-Abanihe, 1994). Given that in sub-Saharan Africa,...
Mexican and French Children's Conceptions about Family: A Developmental Approach
INTRODUCTION The present investigation was designed to study the development of children's conceptions of family, in relation to cognitive and cultural aspects. A considerable amount of research in developmental psychology concerning the child's comprehension...
Researching Sexual Violence against Women: Methodological and Personal Perspectives
SCHWARTZ, Martin D., ed., RESEARCHING SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: Methodological and Personal Perspectives. Thousand Oakes, CA: Sage Publications, 1997, 222pp., $19.95 softcover. DONILEEN R. LOSEKE* In the Preface to this volume, the editor tells...
The Rescue of the Innocents: Endangered Children in Medieval Miracles
FINUCANE, Ronald C., THE RESCUE OF THE INNOCENTS: Endangered Children in Medieval Miracles. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1997, 268pp., $49.95 hardcover. Until about thirty years ago our knowledge of family patterns in the past was limited and biased....
The Social Construction of Family Life in the Sunday Comics: Race as a Consideration
INTRODUCTION The value of the comic strip as a cultural artifact to identify prevailing beliefs, values, and norms has long been established. Spiegelman et al. (1953), for example, examined aspirations and the means of achieving them among comic strip...
The Trajectory of Family Change in Nigeria
INTRODUCTION Ethnic cleavage constitutes a continuing problem in sub-Saharan Africa where national boundaries reflect the commercial and military interests of colonial powers to the neglect of pre-existing tribal and regional experiences of the African...
The Two Sexes: Growing Up Apart, Coming Together
MACCOBY, Eleanor S., THE TWO SEXES: Growing Up Apart, Coming Together. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard, University, 1998, 376pp., $39.95 hardcover. CATHY D. MARTIN* The Two Sexes undertakes an examination of gender segregation...
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